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Day 13: no sugary snacks

Sunday, February 16, 2020

When my son is sick my main job is 'to keep him warm'. In other words, to cuddle him. It's not such a bad job, especially as I was feeling a bit unwell myself.

I had the last cupcake after my jog today, and that was all the sweet sugar.

It's nice that my mood is better. Also that I got out for jog. Also that I got to rest.

Been watching you tube videos on sugar, and it's striking me that it is really difficult to know where to stop when it comes to these things. Some videos lump sugar with flour, and then other videos talk about insulin and cortisol levels and sugar, and even it relate to it how much exercise you do, coffee intake and when you eat your meals.

I know that all of these things add up. But, I think you must hit a point where you're trying to remember so many things you're not supposed to do, that it becomes unmanageable. I also think, like a few of you do, too, that when it comes to our bodies, we do know them best.

I have been wondering if I should look at cutting out all sugar, and I just don't think it's reasonable for my lifestyle. At least not now. I was eating at least three sugary snacks a day: a cake or muffin in the morning, chocolate in the afternoon, and then chocolate when I got home from work - and in generous quantities. To go from that to just four planned sugary snacks in a week is remarkable to me. And that is what I wanted to focus on. I'm interested in the cortisol and insulin relationship, but think I will start reading a lot more about it before making any dramatic changes.

In the first week of my no sugary snacks, I was turning to popcorn and more salty snacks, but I haven't done that as much this week. Those just don't satisfy in the way that sugar does. My husband bought some crisps and rice-cakes today and I have been eating those. Again, though, I don't gravitate towards them. I don't really even like rice cakes! I also bought some almonds, and was having handfuls of those when I got home from work. At work, I've found that a stroll down to the canteen to get a cup of coffee (no creamer just milk) was working just as well for me. I can't afford to this regularly, so I'm thinking of buying some sort of "coffee-filter for one" at work and bringing in my own milk.

Anyway, today was relaxing and involved a lot of sitting or lying down and cuddling my sick little boy. It was a good day.

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    46 days ago
    I don’t know if you use the food tracker, but this year I added sugar to the things it tracks. I’m one of those who believes in moderation as opposed to cutting stuff out. It helps me make better snack decisions since calories wasn’t the issue.
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